Long-term cultural project is recognised
Tokoroa North School teacher Tara Puke and room three have been recognised for their long-term achievements in the development of Maori language and culture.
Their fierce passion and dedication towards promoting te reo Maori was recognised with the Long Term Education Award at the Nga Tohu Reo Maori o Raukawa Awards.
Miss Puke says her classroom, which has 26 students, regularly participated in cultural games, karakia and reciting whakapapa.
Room three’s growing love and enthusiasm for the maori culture reflects Miss Puke’s own passion for her culture.
‘‘Now I can see my kids taking it in to their own homes and playgrounds.
‘‘My initial reaction was one of surprise but I was happy for the kids because of all of their hard work. ‘‘I was proud. ‘‘What we had to do was demonstrate how we promoted it,’’ Miss Puke said.
Tokoroa North School’s entry was the first time the school had entered the awards.
‘‘We do not really see ourselves as a classroom but more of a whanau,’’ Miss Puke said.